Tereza Ondrová (CZ) & Francesca Foscarini (IT)

14 October, 8:00 p.m.

A4 – space for contemporary culture


Tereza Ondrová

After graduating in dance pedagogy from HAMU, Tereza founded the VerTeDance company in 2004, which has staged more than 20 dance productions. Within several years of its existence, the company collaborated with a number of prominent dance personalities of the Czech and international scene and received numerous awards, among them the Award for Discovery in Dance in 2005 for Tichomluva, Dance Production of the Year 2012 for How Much Does Your Desire Weigh? directed by Petra Tejnorová. Korekce – co-directed by Jiří Havelka was dance production of the year 2014, and won the 2015 Herald Angel Award and Audience Award at Be Festival 2015, the Mess Festival Award 2015, nomination for the Total Theatre Award 2015). For The Cases of Doctor Tourette – the Mrs. Vltavská solo Tereza Ondrová was awarded the Dancer of the Year 2010 Prize.

Since 2012 Tereza has been collaborating with Petr Šavel, with whom she has co-created two duets. The first Boys Who Like to Play with Dolls received the following accolades: Total Theatre Award Nomination, Amnesty International – Freedom of Expression Award 2015, Priority Companies List 2014 network Aerowaves, nomination for Dance Production of the Year 2014, nomination for Dancer/Dancer of the Year 2014. The second duet entitled As Long As Holding Hands premiered at the prestigious Tanec Praha 2015 festival.

Since 2016, she has also collaborated with theatre and film director Petra Tejnorová. Together they have created You Are Here (2016) – Audience Award at the Czech Dance Platform 2017 and nomination for the 2017 Production of the Year Award, Nothing Sad (2017) and Let’s Dance (2017).

Their collaboration produced an unconventional documentary film called Hello, Is Anyone There? (2017), which premiered at Tanec Praha and looked at the world (and not only the dance world) through the lens of children.

As a dancer and performer, she has collaborated, for example, with the Swedish choreographer Charlotte Öfverholm – Found and Lost (2011), with the French choreographer Karine Ponties – Same Same (2018), the Venezuelan choreographer David Zambrano – Ceviche (2015) and the Slovak choreographer Anton Ľachký – Heaven Is The Place (2006).

In addition to performing and choreographing her own work, she is also a teacher.



Author: Tereza Ondrová

Dramaturgical advisor: Monica Gillette

Directorial cooperation: Petra Tejnorová

Light design: Katarina Morávek Ďuricová

Sound design: Jan Čtvrtník

Performed by: Tereza Ondrová, Francesca Foscarini

Translation: Marta Ljubková

Produced by: Daniela Řeháková / Temporary Collective

Co-production: Tanec Praha z.ú. / Festival TANEC PRAHA

Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, State Cultural Fund of the Czech Republic, City of Prague, Studio ALTA

Premiére: 22. 6. 2021, PONEC Prague

Two women, both dancers, both of the same age, are said to have a remarkable physical resemblance. At first, they have no idea about each other, maybe they just heard that everyone has a double somewhere. Is it possible to find answers through another person? What makes us identify and connect with others and ourselves? Tereza Ondrová and Francesca Foscarini on a journey between a documentary and an intimate statement, one’s own body and personal experience. In their joint work, they touch on a number of topics, such as the female psyche and its changes, loneliness, vulnerability and, finally, acceptance of the current state of the performing arts. And even though these two women don’t know each other, can they share an emotional bond that transcends geography?

In 2020, a Czech-Italian dance project was created – a duet by Tereza Ondrová and Francesca Foscarini. Due to the worldwide pandemic, rehearsals are at first cancelled, then postponed, then done remotely – via the platform Zoom. The first public performance was scheduled for the 8th of December the year 2020. A live audience is not possible, so the creators decided to adapt the rehearsal process into a video essay. Subsequently, rehearsals continue. Constant attempts at new ways to survive, adaptations of an adaptation. On the way between a documentary and an intimate statement, one’s own body and personal experience.